The Department of Multilingual Programs offers several instructional program models in second language acquisition, facilitating the opportunity for students to master essential knowledge and skills while acquiring a second language.

Emergent Bilingual (EB) students are a diverse group of students who do not speak English as their primary or home language. These students are working to listen, read, speak, and write English. They need unique teaching and support in order to get the same educational opportunities as native English speakers. They are eligible to receive a variety of services and participate in programs that will help them learn academic content while also becoming fluent in the English language, and possibly their native language (Spanish and Vietnamese Dual Language).

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Our mission

Our mission is to value and promote the rich linguistic diversity of students, foster the growth of Emergent Bilinguals, and build district capacity with a shared responsibility for the development of multilingual, culturally competent and globally prepared students.

Our vision

A district culture that values and preserves the diverse linguistic backgrounds and identities of students with intercultural support systems to provide equitable and inclusive educational opportunities for all.

Contact Us

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 461407
Garland, TX 75046
United States


Employee Position
Tara Sowels Director
Xelina Welsh Secondary Coordinator
Diana Pecorino Compliance Coordinator
Dr. Julie Xu Elementary Coordinator
Sofía Núñez Parent Engagement Facilitator
Isabel Becerra Sheltered Instruction Facilitator
Margaret Rutaquio Newcomer Facilitator
David Martinez Elementary Instructional Specialist (Spanish DLI)
Angelica Chavez Elementary Instructional Specialist (Spanish DLI)
Trang Nguyen Elementary Instructional Specialist (Vietnamese DLI)
Dr. Kristal Vallie Instructional Specialist (Secondary)
Megan DeWitt Compliance Specialist
Jessica Olivarez Compliance Specialist
Amy Spencer Sheltered Instruction Specialist
Araceli Borusqueta Sheltered Instruction Specialist
Maribel Diaz Sheltered Instruction Specialist
Simone Burnett Sheltered Instruction Specialist
Vacant TBD Sheltered Instruction Specialist
Vacant TBD Language Acquisition Specialist
Vacant TBD Language Acquisition Specialist
Vacant TBD Language Acquisition Specialist
Vacant TBD Language Acquisition Specialist
Vacant TBD Language Acquisition Specialist
Brenda Briones Bustos Director's Secretary
Kimberly Karr Coordinator Secretary
Jennifer Caracheo Flores Department Secretary
Martha Cruz Parent and Family Engagement Aide
Sheila Sudderth Social Worker
Kelsins Santos Data Analyst